Emerald Sunday


Hailing from Angus in Scotland, Emerald Sunday are a 5 piece rock band filled with anthemic hooks and melodies. In the past they are proud to have shared the stage with some huge artists such as Primal Scream, Big Country, Embrace, Example, From The Jam and more. The lads began in 2008 as a cover band performing in and around the local circuit. It wasn’t until they started throwing in the odd original tune and seeing the response from fans that built their hunger for success. After writing new material the band chose to head to The Byre Studio north of Inverness to work with ex Muse and Razorlight producer, Mark Thomas. The album was recorded live over a total of 14 days. Acoustic track ‘Streets Of Harlem’ was recorded in Kirriemuir’s DD8 Studio and was the last track to be recorded for the  debut LP ‘Forbidden Sun’. Reviews and critics praised the release which built the foundation of things to come from the band. After the May 2013 release, ES hit the studio straight away to begin recording their second album. This time they opted for Central Sound Studio in Glasgow and budding engineer Mark McMurtrie. The majority of the follow up titled ‘Revolution’, was recorded in around 10 days with the only exception being lead single ‘Los Angeles’ which was added late on in the sessions and was recorded at The Boombox Studio in Glasgow, owned by pop producer ‘John McLaughlin’. In June 2014 Emerald Sunday parted with their original drummer and recruited local stickman ‘Mike Knowles’ who recorded drums for LA in October that year. The mastering was done by Jud Mahoney whose clients include: Beyoncé, Michael Jackson and Maria Carey. In November 2015 the boys celebrated their first award, an Akademia award for Revolution track, Los Angeles, successful in the best pop song category. Also in November that year, veteran John Morgans became their full time drummer bringing with him an impressive CV having graced the stage with the likes of Motorhead, Slade and played drums with Dr And The Medics. Touring the Revolution LP saw the band play several huge shows, supporting Big Country at The Ironworks, Inverness and playing alongside Example, Chris Helme and the ‘Indie Gods’, ‘Primal Scream’ at The Enjoy Festival in Aberdeen. Around this time there was more success as acoustic ballad ‘Streets Of Harlem’ was crowned No. 1 in the Scottish New Music Chart and went on to nail 8 top 40 hits throughout 2016. In-between shows Emerald Sunday were busy writing and recording album number 3 at the Tpot Studio in Fife and was completed in just 7 days from start to finish. The sound was stripped back to bare bones using very little digital effects and opting for an old school vintage sound. The self-titled record was released in spring 2017 and reached No. 17 in the Amazon rock chart receiving positive reviews with the band claiming they were coming to their peak delivering some stadium Anthems. Just before the release of their self-titled LP they played a charity show at the Library in Leeds with One Sided Horse whose backing band was made up of Yorkshires finest ‘Embrace’. Shortly after heading home, the bands darkest day arrived as sadly their manager Charlie Campbell passed away from a long and brave battle with cancer. Determined to carry on the legacy that Charlie left, the guys decided to write and record a tribute in his memory and looked to Embrace’s Richard McNamara to produce a four track EP. In September 2017 they headed to Magnetic North Studio in Halifax for the first session laying down mega anthem ‘Running Out Of Love’ and Charlie’s tribute ‘Harlem Green’.  The result was described as mind blowing by the band. Following another session the EP was complete and is scheduled for release in May 2018 followed by a full LP the following year. With some great shows in store next year and the band are going from strength to strength, let’s make it a journey to remember….MTS!  Peace ‘n Love.